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melbell

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    Slippery Pliers

    I am trying to make a pot scrubber for a friend who just got a bunch of cast iron cookware. I know they are quite inexpensive to buy, but I thought it would be nice to actually make it for her as a gift. I did a chainmail project with aluminum rings several years ago, but I had no idea what I was in for when I bought 16g 5/16 inch stainless steel rings. OUCH are my hands sore. I knew that my jeweler's pliers wouldn't be hefty enough for the job, so when I ordered the rings I also ordered two of the Ring Lord brand wide nose pliers. I have already "modified" the handles to make them bigger and comfier by wrapping them with generous amounts of that first aid wrap stuff that sticks to itself. That helped A LOT, but I still have a problem with the pliers slipping and sliding around on the rings. I'm having to squeeze so tight to get them to hold that I'm giving myself blisters. I really don't want to spend money on another set of pliers with teeth, when I have no plans to make anything else. Is there anything I can do to make the jaws of the pliers less slippery? I'm not worried about the scratching the rings because, you know, function over beauty. Also, I don't have access to any sort of power tools that I could use to roughen up the jaws and make them more grippy.
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    Cord lock/stop ideas

    Thanks guys that's great. The wood bead looks way better than the cord stop so that should work just perfectly as long as i can find one I like! Or maybe a bone one or something like that. THANKS!
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    Cord lock/stop ideas

    Excuse my ignorance, what keeps the bead from coming loose before you want it to?
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    Cord lock/stop ideas

    So my first chainmail project ever is going to be a dice bag as a gift for my husband who is about to start playing Dungeons & Dragons. I'm making a simple drawstring style pouch and I would like something a little more medieval looking than a black plastic cord lock. I would rather have something he doesn't have to tie to keep it shut, but I have no idea what i could use besides a plastic cord lock. Any ideas?
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